Welcome to CO Monday, or (as it shall be known this week) “Have I Lost My Mind?” I started four new projects this week, even though I already have multiple projects already actively in progress. Perhaps I am crazy, and believe I have grown extra arms, and need even more projects to keep my extra arms busy. I hope those extra arms already know how to knit.
I think the cause is simple: I’m getting near the end of many of those WIPs, and I’m anticipating the lull that follows — the panic that sets in when I don’t have enough projects! Eek!
So, here are the four newbies:
Purple Hedgehog Hat — I bought a skein of Mushishi as a courtesy purchase when I checked out Aunt Margaret’s Yarn Shop in Chelmsford, MA. The main draw of this shop (for me) is that they carry a full line of Knit Picks needles, including interchangeable tips and cables! But, I didn’t need any needles on this visit, so I chose a big cushy skein of purpley yarn. It has long color repeats, but they aren’t that different from each other. I’m taking full advantage of the color repeats with the short-row bumps in this hat. I have two bumps done so far :).
Next up: Berringbone Patch Socks. I haven’t made a pair of socks in quite a while. It was time. I’ve had this skein of Stroll Hand-painted around for a while, earmarked for socks … I did change my mind about the socks I was going to make, though. I’ve decided I really don’t like lacy sock patterns, because they don’t wear as well as more solid patterns. I’ve finish the cuff and gotten about four rows into the herringbone pattern.
I also cast on for a store sample for Hub Mills of my upcoming CEY design, tentatively called Branches. The pattern sample is in cranberry, but the store sample will be this gorgeous purple:
I cast on for this project, because I had finished the cape I was making as a store sample. The pattern book won’t be out until June, so I have plenty of time to work on it. But, when I work in the shop, I can only knit on projects for the store — I wanted to make sure I had something to do with my hands if it turned out to be a slow day. As it happened, it WAS a slow day … but I didn’t work on the purple project at all. Instead, I cast on (and then finished) a Sliver Ribband for the store. We recently got in several kits by Laura Nelkin, and I got to make this one:
I stranded the beads and knit it up in a single day — the kit comes complete with the yarn, beads, clasp, pattern, and even a little threader to help put beads on the yarn. I give it high marks!